More than a club. A volleyball family.
With 9 years of coaching experience, Coach Clarke is entering her 4th year at Spiked City DC. Born and raised in the DMV, Clarke began playing volleyball at the age of 8. During her undergraduate education in Mobile, Alabama, she served as Student Assistant for the Spring Hill College volleyball team and coached club at Mobile Storm Volleyball Club. In addition to coaching club, she also served as the Head JV and Assistant Varsity volleyball coach at state-ranked St. Paul's Episcopal, garnering an Alabama State High School championship while there. Upon graduation, she returned home and began her work with Spiked City DC. Clarke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Spring Hill College and a Master's of Social Work from The Howard University. Currently, Clarke serves as a Communications Specialist for the Center for Disease Control.
Coach Mercedes is in her first year with SCDC. She is an alumnus of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Coach Mercedes started playing volleyball in the 7th grade. That start led to much success for throughout the many years she’s played. In her freshman year of high school she made first team M.I.S.A.L conference league. In her sophomore year she made third team W.C.A.C conference league and second team all-county Prince George's County. During her junior year she made second team all-county Prince George's County and first team all-extra for the Washington Post. In her senior year she made first team all-county for Prince George's County, All- extra Player of the Year for the Washington Post, and MVP for her school team. She eventually was recruited to play at Coppin State University. After some time off, Coach Mercedes found herself back on the court, but now in dual capacities, both as a coach and player. Her journey as coach began as a volunteer assistant coach under Patrice and Perette Arrington at Woodrow Wilson High School, which is where she attributes attaining her wealth of knowledge as a coach. After a few years, she took a chance and became the Head Coach at one of Wilson’s opposing schools, H.D Woodson High School. She would go on to have a winning season and earned a spot in the DC State Tournament. She eventually was called to coach at another DCPS high school, McKinley Tech. After her second year there she would take her team to fourth place in DCIAA and fifth in DCSAA. In her two years at Tech, some of her girls have received awards such as first and second team conference players and player of the year. When Coach Mercedes isn’t coaching she enjoys playing volleyball with friends and being with her son, Jacob.